Synopsis: Photographer Seth Hancock was ASKED to make a documentary on a subject matter that meant nothing to him - Senior Citizens and Hunger. So he traveled across America to discover why senior citizens are the fastest growing group of people going hungry in America, why we treat senior citizens as second-class citizens, why he never cared about this issue and what can be done to make a difference in the lives of senior citizens in America.
70 min



- [Seth] If I were to say

senior citizens and old people,

what's the first thing

that comes to your mind?

- Bad driving.

- [Seth] Yeah?

- Yeah.

- Well, I don't know.

I guess I would think of, you

know, like old folks' homes,

like residences and

healthcare, things like that.

- Social security, Medicare,

retirement plans.

- My mother.

- Grandparents, grandmas.

They get cheaper bus tickets.

- I mean, I have nothing

against old people

at all, you know?

The only thing about old

people is just, I mean,

let's be honest,

they're old people.

- The problem here with

the seniors is they're lost

and they're forgotten,

because everybody's so busy

with their life that they forget

that the seniors

have a big need.

- People have ostracized

our seniors, and it's sad,

because that's our

greatest source of wisdom.

- Generally people have

an idea that, you know,

that because you get older,

you don't have value.

- [Seth] So if I told you

that every day in America,

six million seniors go hungry,

what would you say to that?

- You know, it's heartbreaking,

and I really didn't know that.

- I'd say that's believable.

And it's a shame.

- I guess I'm not

educated enough.

I thought they would

have a lot more money

than some of the

younger population.

- You know what, that's

by choice, my man.

I have to say that's by choice.

- That would make me think

about how we've moved away

from family units, taking

care of elderly and moved

towards kind of assigning

them their own separate lives.

- It's shameless in a

country such as America,

because I think there's

enough for everyone here.

- The problem of senior

hunger in America is real.

It's a real problem,

it's a terrible problem.

- They're the people

who fought our wars.

They're the people who

have built our towns,

educated our children, and

protected our communities.

They should not be hungry.

They should not be the new

face of hunger in America.

- It's not just about poverty.

It's not just about

lack of funds.

To a lot of people,

it's about the lack

of ability to help themselves.

- I live in Los Angeles.

- [Seth] That's

me, Seth Hancock.

I'm a photographer

in Los Angeles.

And, as of right now,

I'm a full-fledged

documentary filmmaker.

Well, not really.

You see, most people who

work on documentaries

do so because it's

a passion project,

or something that they've

pursued for a lifetime.

But in my case, I was actually

asked to make a documentary.

And not just any

documentary, mind you.

A documentary featuring

the most un-sexy subject

in all of America, senior

citizens and hunger.

Initially, I was going

to turn the project down,

because I've never gone

hungry a day in my life.

I really couldn't bring

anything to the table,

and rarely do I think

about getting old.

But for all the reasons I

wanted to say no to this project

are the exact reasons

I wanted to say yes.

Because I needed to see how

prevalent this is in America,

how this is gonna affect your

life or my life down the road.

And for those reasons alone,

I wanted to make this film.

This is my story.

Starting in Los Angeles and

not knowing a damn thing

about senior citizens and

hunger was a bit of a challenge,

so I did what anybody

else would do,

and I contacted the

Meals on Wheels program.

Unbeknownst to me, the

woman who founded it,

Sister Alice Marie Quinn,

happens to be kind of

a celebrity amongst celebrities

here in Los Angeles.

And fortunately enough,

she agreed to meet with me,

and to talk with me

about this project.

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